Kate "Nereid" Paiz has announced some interesting details about upcoming changes to Lotro releases:
On the topic of updates, I wanted to let you know that we have shifted the way we think about our releases. In the past our updates depended on new Books being added to the Epic story. Going forward, updates will not always feature a new installment in the epic story line. By decoupling the Books from Updates we’ll have the flexibility to offer different types of new content and new features in each release. This will also allow us to do more releases each year. Don’t worry, continuing the Epic Story and continuing along the path of the Ring is very important to us! We’ll have more information to share about that and our plans for 2011 in the coming months.
And also the next update is right around the corner - it's scheduled for November:
* Tasks - a new content type for all players to enjoy in the early game
* A major revision to the Vault
* New skills and updates for the Lore-master and Rune-keeper classes.
* A change to the way we handle the Mines of Moria and Siege of Mirkwood expansion packs.
The Moria and Mirkwood expansion packs will still be purchasable in the LOTRO Store, but all players will be able to enter those areas and play through the epic quests just as you can currently with the Shadows of Angmar areas.
A dev diary on the Vault UI changes is coming this week, and additional dev diaries explaining our new Tasks system as well as other changes will be following in the coming weeks.
Head over to the official Producer's Letter October- 2010 for more information.